Most-Recent Defending Super Bowl Champions Who Lost Week 1 Games in Their Ensuing Seasons: Fan’s Observation

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The New York Giants entered the 2012-13 NFL season as the defending Super Bowl champions. They started their title defense by hosting the Dallas Cowboys in the 2012 NFL Kickoff Game on September 5.

The night featured plenty of celebration. Mariah Carey and No Doubt (Gwen Stefani) were part of the musical performances. Phil Simms, Ottis Anderson and Michael Strahan were showing off Lombardi Trophies from previous seasons. The pregame festivities were capped off when Queen Latifah sang the National Anthem. That was followed up by the only thing that truly mattered: the football game.

Yet, it didn't have the fairy tale ending that football fans have become accustomed to. The Giants took a 3-0 lead in the second quarter. However, the Cowboys scored 24 of the next 31 points. They won 24-17.

The Giants are the first team since 1999 to lose their Week 1 game as a defending Super Bowl champion. They're also the first defending Super Bowl champion to have lost in the NFL Kickoff Game. Since its inception in 2004, the home team had an 8-0 record. Make that 8-1.

Here are the most-recent teams who have started their seasons on a similar note. Did they recover? Of the last five teams who suffered an identical fate in Week 1, four of them were NFC East representatives.

1992 Washington Redskins (at Dallas Cowboys, 23-10 Loss)

1991: Super Bowl champions

1992: 9-7, Divisional Playoffs

What happened the last time when the Cowboys defeated the defending Super Bowl champions in Week 1? They won three of the next four Super Bowls.

The Redskins were the Super Bowl champions of 1991. However, they were upstaged by a young Cowboys team in their Week 1 opener during 1992. The Cowboys won 23-10. The Redskins earned some payback with a 20-17 victory in Week 15. The Cowboys wouldn't lose again.

1993 Dallas Cowboys (at Washington Redskins 35-16 Loss)

1992: Super Bowl champions

1993: Super Bowl champions

The Cowboys had ruined the Redskins' opener in 1992. The Redskins returned the favor with a 35-16 Week 1 victory in 1993. In Week 2, the Cowboys lost their home opener against the Buffalo Bills.

The Cowboys got revenge against both teams. They had a 38-3 victory over the Redskins in Week 17. The Cowboys also won their second consecutive Super Bowl with a 30-13 victory over the Bills.

1996 Dallas Cowboys (at Chicago Bears, 22-6 Loss)

1995: Super Bowl champions

1996: 10-6, Divisional Playoffs

The Cowboys had won their third Lombardi Trophy in four seasons. They started 1996 with a 22-6 loss to the Chicago Bears. The Cowboys lost three of their first four games. They finished the season with a 10-6 record. The Cowboys defeated the Minnesota Vikings in the wild-card round, 40-15. Since then, the Cowboys have had one playoff victory.

Green Bay Packers enthusiasts were disappointed because they didn't get a "Showdown in Titletown" meeting in the NFC Championship. Those fans had to settle for a regular-season meeting in 1997. The Packers won 45-17.

1999 Denver Broncos (Vs. Miami Dolphins, 38-21 Loss)

1998: Super Bowl champions

1999: 6-10, No Playoffs

Led by John Elway, Terrell Davis and a strong defense, the Denver Broncos had won back-to-back Super Bowls. However, all great things must come to an end: Elway retired. The Brian Griese era was about to begin.

Griese had a promising start to his career. He completed 24-of-40 passes for 270 yards with three touchdowns. However, that wasn't enough against the Miami Dolphins and Dan Marino, who won 38-21.

The Broncos started that season with four consecutive losses. They finished with a 6-10 record. Injuries started to take their toll on Davis. He only appeared in four games that season.

2012 New York Giants (Vs. Dallas Cowboys, 24-17 Loss)

2011: Super Bowl champions

2012: To Be Determined

2000 Through 2011

2000

: St. Louis Rams (Vs. Denver Broncos; 41-36 Win)

2001: Baltimore Ravens (Vs. Chicago Bears; 17-6 Win)

2002: New England Patriots (Vs. Pittsburgh Steelers; 30-14 Win)

2003: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at Philadelphia Eagles; 17-0 Win)

2004: New England Patriots (Vs. Indianapolis Colts; 27-24 Win)

2005: New England Patriots (Vs. Oakland Raiders; 30-20 Win)

2006: Pittsburgh Steelers (Vs. Miami Dolphins; 28-17 Win)

2007: Indianapolis Colts (Vs. New Orleans Saints; 41-10 Win)

2008: New York Giants (Vs. Washington Redskins, 16-7 Win)

2009: Pittsburgh Steelers (Vs. Tennessee Titans; 13-10 Win)

2010: New Orleans Saints (Vs. Minnesota Vikings; 14-9 Win)

2011: Green Bay Packers (Vs. New Orleans Saints; 42-34 Win)

Joshua Huffman graduated from Middle Tennessee State University as a marketing major in 2009. He's been a Middle Tennessee resident from 1986-88 and 2001-present. He lived in the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin from 1988-01 and for approximately eight months in 2009-10 as he completed a 20-game volunteer position with the USHL's Green Bay Gamblers. His favorite sports organizations include the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Cubs, Nashville Predators and Tennessee Titans. He can be found on Twitter HERE.

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